Mar 12 2015 - 1:00pm

ECE Seminar Announcement
Dr. Domenic Forte
234 Larsen Hall
March 12, 2015  1:00 pm

Title:                                      Hardware-based Primitives for System Authentication and Protection
                                                                            Dr. Domenic Forte
                                                                       University of Connecticut                            

This talk highlights the current challenges in hardware security and trust, and presents innovative solutions for authentication and IP protection problems. Most notably, globalization of the supply chain and reliance on third parties have created significant threats such as IP theft, counterfeiting, insertion of hardware Trojans, etc. The first part of this talk discusses novel system-level obfuscation approaches that inhibit reverse engineering, cloning, and tampering of systems composed from commercial-off-the-self (COTS) components. Preliminary results show that the proposed approaches are promising against brute-force and physical attacks. New applications for system-level obfuscation, such as human-to-device authentication, are also highlighted. The second part of the talk is focused on hardware security primitives, which are being actively sought both for IC authentication and as roots-of-trust for higher level cryptographic protocols. New metrics are presented that significantly improve the utility of primitives, making them more  practical for commercial applications.


Domenic Forte received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, USA, in 2006, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. From 2007-2009, he performed research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Information Technology. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Connecticut (UCONN), Storrs, CT, USA, where he has been since August 2013. He is also a core faculty member of CHASE and CSI centers at UCONN. He has been performing research in the domain of hardware security for the past several years, with focus on the areas of hardware security primitives, hardware Trojan detection and prevention, security of the electronics supply chain, and anti-reverse engineering. He is currently serving on several program committees of prestigious conferences and workshops including Design Automation Conference (DAC) and IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust (HOST). He recently co-authored a book entitled “Counterfeit Integrated Circuits- Detection and Avoidance.” He has presented conference tutorials in the areas of hardware Trojans and counterfeit electronics.

Dr. Forte was a recipient of the Northrop Grumman Fellowship and the George Corcoran Memorial Outstanding Teaching Award by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Maryland. His work has been recognized through several best paper awards and nominations, including Adaptive Hardware Systems (AHS) 2011 and Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2012.